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Literacy and Ephemerality: Methodological Explorations

Mon, April 11, 11:45am to 1:15pm, Marriott Marquis, Floor: Level Four, Liberty Salon N

Session Type: Symposium


This session advances the argument that, in an age where literacies are mobile, fluid and multimodal, attention should be given to the ephemeral in literacy research. The four papers in this session explore different methodologies for achieving this, drawing on innovative research projects exploring children’s literacy practices. Together, they raise questions about the methodologies needed to broaden and deepen our understanding of meaning-making in contemporary times and contribute to recent debates about the significance of embodiment, materiality and affect in literacy studies. They suggest that attending to ephemerality, to what matters to children and young people as they make meanings, may enable the understandings needed to enhance and enrich children’s life-chances.

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